Caveman Fest 2

The first one was such a great time we all agreed we should do it again! If you missed the first one and are wondering what it's all about, we all brought some paleo food to share and cooked it over a campfire. So just bring some food if you can and if you can't that's okay too. Feel free to bring friends and family, the more the merrier! And bonus points to the person that brings the most exotic paleo food. I think the (fresh!)goose was the winner of caveman fest 1.

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  • Nate

    I sent my friend Georgia the link to this site and this was her response:

    Thank you, Nate, for this website and a very special thanks for today. It was absolutely awesome!
    What a bunch of neat people, great food, and laughs. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything else today.
    I will sit on the plane tomorrow thinking about the day with pure joy and a smile on my face. How crazy is it
    to go on a picnic in December near cold water and in the rain? Not too many have had that unique experience—a few,
    perhaps, but not too many. I’m so grateful that I have. What a fun thing to do!

    December 2, 2012

  • Brian S

    Delicious and fun!

    December 2, 2012

  • Ben C.

    It was great meeting everyone!

    December 2, 2012

  • Amber F.

    The recipe for the chocolate pumpkin coconut balls is actually from Civilized Caveman (who has a ton of great recipes)! Other than substituting maple syrup in equal amounts for the honey and almond meal for pecan meal, I followed it as-written: http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/grain-free-goodies/raw-chocolate-pumpkin-pecan-macaroons/

    1 · December 1, 2012

  • erica s.

    It was really great meeting everyone yesterday! Thanks for the yummy food and good conversation. Let's get together again soon:-)

    December 2, 2012

  • Meredith

    Great meeting all of you! Thanks again for all of the great food and conversation! Below is the recipe for the brownies. Looking forward to the next Fest!

    BEST BROWNIES EVER Recipe from Dr. Mark Hyman’s Book:
    UltraMetabolism Cookbook

    1 cup raw pecans
    6 Tablespoons walnut oil
    1/2 cup Agave Nectar
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup cocoa powder
    1/4 cup Arrowroot
    walnut oil (to grease baking dish)

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. In food processor, gind pecans until meal consistency. Place in medium mixing bowl with remaining ingredients. Pour into oiled 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Makes 9 – 12 brownies.

    December 1, 2012

  • Abby

    Awesome food at the cave feast today! For those who asked, here's my recipe for the pizzas:

    This will make (1) 9" round crust. 1/2 head cauliflower
    1 large egg
    1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (optional)
    1/2 cup pizza sauce (I used 1/3 cup plain tomato sauce thickened with about 1 oz tomato paste)
    2 heaping tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (can be found at willy in the bulk bins)
    salt
    pepper
    dried oregano
    toppings

    Grate cauliflower into a large bowl. (hand grating is best - if the pieces are too small, it will turn into cauliflower porridge instead of a crust.)
    Microwave 10 min, set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 350 F

    When cauliflower is cooled to room temp or lower, mix in egg, nutritional yeast, mozzarella, salt, pepper, and oregano. Add to well greased pan and bake for ~10 min, increase heat to 400 F and bake another 20 min or until crust is well browned on top and firm throughout.

    Remove and add toppings, return to oven at 400 F for about 15 min.

    December 1, 2012

  • Nate

    What a great time! I haven't eaten so much in ages. I think if I ate anymore I would have gotten sick. And then I ate some more. It was really nice meeting everyone. What a great crowd of people. It's too bad we got rained out as I would have loved to stay and chat for a few more hours, but considering that it is December it's hard to really complain about the weather we had.

    December 1, 2012

  • Amber F.

    Mutton Stew in Pressure Cooker:
    1 lb mutton stew meat
    2 tomatoes, diced (or 2 cans fire roasted tomatoes)
    1 large yellow onion, thin-sliced
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tsp ginger powder (or 1-inch strip minced fresh)
    1 inch cinnamon or cassia stick
    2 cardamom pods (or 1/2 tsp ground)
    5-6 whole peppercorns
    1 bay leaf
    2 whole cloves
    1 tsp cumin, seeds or ground
    1/2 tsp turmeric
    1 tsp chili powder
    2 tsp olive oil
    - Heat oil over med heat in pressure cooker, add all whole spices. heat ~ 5 mins
    - add mutton and sliced onions, stirring occasionally, until onions translucent and breaking down, ~ 20 mins
    - add garlic and ginger (if using fresh), cook 2-3 mins
    - add all powdered spices, stir and cook 2-3 mins
    - Add tomatoes, stir to incorporate
    - Add 1/2 to 2 cups water, depending on desired thickness of stew
    - Seal and bring to pressure, cook med heat under pressure for 30 mins, turn off heat, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 mins, then open pressure valve & serve

    December 1, 2012

  • Meredith Rhodes C.

    So great to meet all of you... let me know if anyone has any interest in a regularly scheduled hike through the arboretum... I'd love to trek around and chat with you guys... didn't get my fill of conversation before I had to leave.

    December 1, 2012

  • Nate

    I''ll be bringing plastic utensils, paper plates, some prongs to cook with as well as fire. I don't think anyone is bringing anything to drink so please bring your own beverages and anything else specific needed to cook whatever you are bringing (Picnic Point already has grates to cook on). Now that the cookie fiasco has been averted I think we're set to have a great day! Again if anyone needs help finding the group tomorrow my number is[masked]-7991. As long as campfire spot two isn't taken we will be setting up there. And don't forget to take lots of pictures to post.

    November 30, 2012

  • Patti

    With the forecast I think I'll make it to a nice warm December afternoon. If you see some girl wandering around carrying paleo chocolate chip cookies, it's me!

    November 30, 2012

    • Staci

      Ah-hah! Glad someone else is picking up the slack on the cookie-front! :)

      November 30, 2012

  • Meredith Rhodes C.

    I have a big ol' rack of berkshire pork ribs... (harvested them myself :) ) will there be space on the grill for these monsters?

    November 30, 2012

  • Nate

    Sorry to hear about your foot. Hopefully everyone is still willing to come without the promise of cookies.

    November 27, 2012

  • Staci

    Wow, that stuff all sounds amazing, if I come, I'm likely to bring my yummy double-chocolate cookies. ;)

    October 31, 2012

    • Staci

      But I have a fracture in my foot and can't walk that far. Ohwell, another time I guess.

      November 25, 2012

  • Taryn

    I'm hoping to make it and bring someone. I'd like to meet y'all. I don't know many paleo people in Madison. I've got a million CSA vegetables, so I'll probably bring a veg dish (might have bacon on it) :)

    November 7, 2012

  • Abby

    I think I'm bringing cauliflower pizza. Will be interesting to figure out how that works at Picnic Point!

    October 30, 2012

  • Nate

    Some fresh venison just walked into my freezer so I'll be bringing some of that to share. We will most likely set up at campfire spot 2 again as long as it's not already in use. If anyone is unfamiliar with picnic point and doesn't know where to go or can't find the group feel free to give me a call or text [masked]-7991. Looks like we're going to have an awesome turnout this time!

    October 29, 2012

  • Meredith Rhodes C.

    Looking forward to it... :)

    October 23, 2012

  • Brian S

    I'll bring some moose and veggies. Also met and recruited a new paleo person at a party yesterday. This paleo thing is really starting to catch on.

    October 21, 2012

  • Ben C.

    You can count on me to bring another kind of fish! Terry and I caught a bunch of burbot tonight - apparently they taste something like cod or lobster (you can google search burbot poor man's lobster recipes). I also have plenty of catfish, pike, and trout stocked in the freezer.

    October 21, 2012

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